Cre­ate spe­cial knits for your home with our heir­loom blan­ket de­sign on

Cre­ate a trea­sured blan­ket for a new baby with this sweet, seashell lace pat­tern

The Knitter - - Contents - He­len Ardley

EV­ERY BABY needs its own spe­cial blan­ket, and this de­sign by He­len Ardley is pretty yet prac­ti­cal. It has an all-over lace pat­tern which has a tra­di­tional look, a scal­loped cro­chet edg­ing along two sides, and is fin­ished with a tas­sel on each cor­ner. It’s knit­ted in an easy-care yarn from Sir­dar, called No. 1, which comes in a palette of 21 classic colours.

BLAN­KET

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, cast on 131 sts. Work 2 rows in garter st. Now work in patt as fol­lows: Row 1 (RS): K3, *yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 and all WS rows: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3. Row 3: K3, *K1, yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 5: K3, *K2, yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K3; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 7: K3, *K3, yo, K1, (P2­tog, P1, K1) 4 times, yo, K4; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 9: K3, *K4, yo, K1, (P2­tog, K1) 4 times, yo, K5; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 11: K3, *K5, yo, K1, (K3­tog, K1) twice, yo, K6; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 12: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3. Th­ese 12 rows form the pat­tern. Cont in patt un­til work mea­sures 84cm, end­ing on row 11. Work 2 rows in garter st. Cast off.

FIN­ISH­ING

Start­ing at one cor­ner, us­ing a cro­chet hook, work 1 row of dc around all 4 edges, work­ing a mul­ti­ple of 4 sts plus 1 along the side edges, work­ing 3 dc into each cor­ner edge, sl st into first dc to close. Work a scal­loped bor­der up each side edge as folls: Next row: 1 dc into 1st dc, *miss 1 dc, 6 tr into next dc, miss 1 dc, 1 dc into next dc; rep from * to end of row. Fas­ten off. Make 4 tas­sels ap­prox. 10cm in length as folls: Cut 50 strands of yarn, 25cm long per tas­sel. Fold each set in half, and tie a sin­gle strand through the fold to se­cure the stitches. Take an­other longer strand and wrap around the folded tas­sel sev­eral times. Se­cure and trim to ap­prox 10cm. At­tach one tas­sel to each cor­ner of the blan­ket.

The scal­loped edg­ing is worked in cro­chet

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